Letter writer: Volunteers at AHOPE helped build community

Graphic by Lori Deaton

Thanks for helping get the word out about volunteering with us at AHOPE Day Center! [“Volunteers Needed at AHOPE Day Center,” Nov. 11, Xpress].

The first day of community participation in the participatory action research project currently underway at AHOPE was a great success. A number of compassionate volunteers from Asheville showed up to give their time for the beautification of the day center.

We repainted two bathrooms and did some extra-deep cleaning, yes, but we also committed intentional acts of charity and community-building in a place where it is both needed and appreciated. My research at AHOPE continues, and more volunteering opportunities will surely present themselves in the near future as community suggestions become realities.

I can be contacted at josiahramsay@gmail.com with questions, comments or interest in participating. Thanks again, Xpress!

— Josiah Johnston
Mills River

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